Nearly one-quarter of your waste stream is compostable — everything from fruits and vegetables to crushed eggshells and shredded paper.
Fall leaves provide some of the best raw materials for composting.
Join PRC — online or in person — in November to learn the benefits of backyard composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost.
The $70 course fee includes an 82-gallon compost bin.
Registration is open for Backyard Composting workshops taking place in two formats:
IN-PERSON Wednesday, November 2, at 6 p.m. at PRC’s education center in Pittsburgh’s Northside, 828 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA15233
ONLINE WEBINAR Wednesday, November 16, at 6 p.m. (learn online from anywhere and then pick up your bin in Pittsburgh)
To register for a PRC workshop or webinar, visit PRC – Backyard Composting Workshops.
“Creating well-balanced compost is very easy in the fall,” according to PRC Environmental Education Coordinator Emily Stein. “As trees shed leaves there’s an abundance of both decaying and fresh leaves, which each add value to compost.”
In addition to leaves, pinecones and straw can be placed in the compost bin along with vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells and other plant-based material, explains Stein.
“Anything that used to be alive and no longer is will break down and decompose,” she says. “Only certain things should go in a backyard bin because we don’t want to attract rodents or create odor problems, which is why we encourage people to take our class before establishing a compost system at home.”